Welcome to Healing Well! I see you've already met some of our great members who've shared their experiences with you!
I think your surgeon probably doesn't think the 24 hour PH monitor isn't necessary, since it's obvious that you have significant reflux, judging from your damaged esophageal tissue. The manometry is very important, as it will ensure that the wrap your surgeon creates matches your swallowing abilities.
Here is a link to my early recovery journal. Hopefully it'll provide you with some helpful insights about
the recovery. I had lung issues, so just disregard that part. www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443
My surgeon told me I wouldn't be able to burp or vomit, and as it turns out, I can do both. I've had 3 stomach bugs in my four years post-op. Each time I vomited once, then began using the anti-nausea suppository, Compazine, to stop me from a repeat performance. You will want to avoid retching and vomiting--especially during your early recovery. Be sure to ask your surgeon or PCP for anti-nausea drugs to have on hand, just in case. I carry them with me wherever I go.
As far as burping...my stomach burps itself. I don't have a lot of control over it, but they are welcome when they come. I started little burps right away, and now I can burp some pretty big ones at times!
Good luck with your research and decisions! Stick around...this is a great place for answers and support.Best wishes,
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”